28 Days of Connection: Anne-Sophie Reinhardt

Welcome to Day Twenty-Five of this series!

It is a delight to introduce you to Anne-Sophie.

Here is an excerpt from Anne-Sophie’s about page:

I believe that every single woman can find peace around food and her body.

I dream of creating a world where women love themselves unabashedly, completely and guiltlessly.

I’m passionate about showing you that there is invaluable treasure inside you and that nobody has the right to tell you otherwise, that includes your own stubborn self.

I can’t wait for your eyes to glimmer and your body to thrive.

I can’t wait for you to give yourself and this world your biggest gift: your authentic, confident self.

And I can’t wait for us to create a movement of self-love, self-acceptance and an unwavering sense of self-worth.

Wow! Right? Anne-Sophie’s message resonates well with me. I love her energy, style and message. We met in the blogosphere – it feels like everything she writes speaks straight to my heart. I also adore Anne-Sophie’s energy on video.

Here is a short video to share with you Anne-Sophie’s energy “You are Not a Project”.

If you are unable to view the video in this space, please click here to view it on youtube.

Here are Anne-Sophie’s answers:

1. What is your definition of love?

Although I’m not religious, I love this verse from 1 Corinthians:
Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.

That, for me, is love.

2. What does it feel like when you are connected with love?

When I’m connected with love, I can be myself. I don’t have to pretend, I don’t have to put on a show, I can just be my beautiful self – silly, sometimes cranky, fun, adventurous, timid, sarcastic, creative, dreamy and so much.

There’s no judgement, there’s ease. There’s the confidence that everything will work out and even when times are difficult, love perseveres.

3. In your opinion, why would one choose to close to love? From that closed space, what is one practice or step a person could take to open to love again?

One would choose to love because we’re creatures that need intimacy, relationships and love. We yearn for a partner, we yearn for that feeling of belonging. I truly believe that even though love can sometimes hurt to the bone, there’s so much more beauty in love than pain. 

That one practice is to practice self-care and self-love. By becoming one with yourself, you can open yourself up to love more easily and readily. Journal, meditate, practice mindfulness, ask yourself the difficult questions and deal with your old baggage in order for you to truly come to terms with yourself.

4. How do you choose to cultivate love?

I choose to first cultivate love in myself. That will sound selfish to many, but I wholeheartedly believe that if I don’t nurture the love I have for myself, I can’t love others deeply and openly.

Other than that, I write a lot of little notes and letters to my loved ones, always have. It’s my love language and it comes natural to me. I can express myself more openly in writing and I love to surprise my family and friends with random notes at random times. 

One super important way to cultivate love is to be present in conversations with your loved ones. I strongly believe that most people are never truly heard, but if you care about someone, you should listen, I mean really listen with an open heart without jumping to conclusions or wanting to help and offer advice. The more you listen, the more love you cultivate.

5. May you share an experience of receiving unconditional love?

You know, it’s really difficult to say but one instant comes to mind. I recently found out that I’m pregnant, 2 days after I separated from my husband. My parents – though we had many differences over the years – showed love and support from the very beginning. There was no doubt that they’d help me raise the little one and face all the challenges that a single mom will have to face. That for me is unconditional love.

6. What would you like us to know about love?

Yes, love can hurt you deeply and it can be scary, but without love, life is bleak. Sharing your life with someone you truly love is the most wonderful thing in the world. However, don’t throw yourself at someone because you’re desperate. If you’re single, nurture the love you have for yourself and learn to be comfortable with being with yourself. True love will come in its own time.

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Anne-Sophie Reinhardt is a body image writer, self-love coach, speaker and the creator of Finally Free – Guided Meditations To Freedom From Emotional Eating. She’s created the Body, Mind & Soul Cleanse to help you let go of destructive habits and debilitating thoughts and walk towards body-love, self-love and – her personal favorite – complete freedom and peace of mind.

Anne-Sophie’s website is: http://www.annesophie.us/

Thank you, Anne-Sophie!

Dear Reader, the title and message of Anne-Sophie’s video is “You Are Not a Project”.  When you think about and feel into the meaning of this message, and how it relates to love, what arises within for you? (when you share, you inspire)

Thank you for your presence!  

Much peace and abundant love,
Joy

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  1. “You are not a project” for me means that I’m not another “should” on my to-do list, which is the way I feel about self-help programs. I’m done shoulding myself. Been there done that and it never worked. What works is listening to my needs, desires, and intuition. It’s taking myself gently by the hand and move one step at a time into a better feeling place. And that process, which involves unconditional acceptance and support for myself, is all about love.

    • Wow, Maryse, I am going to print this out and use it as an affirmation for myself. Each line speaks directly to me.

      For most of my life, I looked for the “internal broken button” to fix; I didn’t necessarily use external programs, but I did a lot of “shoulding”; until I realized absolutely none of that was “mine”. They were voices I was raised with and conditioning and lots of patterning and only when I followed this *taking myself gently by the hand and move one step at a time into a better feeling place* did I feel the internal shift to peace and possibility, with love and gratitude.

      Thank you for saying so eloquently what I feel and for reflecting such a powerful affirmation!

      • “None of that was mine”, you say it perfectly, Joy. It’s exactly how I felt too. I’d rather go at my own pace and feel that I fully own every single step I take.
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